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Gull River levels are high and unpredictable

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April 11, 2016 - A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, however many rivers and lakes in the area have stabilized. The Gull River system has been gaining since Friday and may be unpredictable over the next few days to a week as warmer weather melts the snowpack in the Haliburton area.

Burnt and Black Rivers are substantially down from last week and continue to decline. Water levels on these rivers should be maintained over the rest of the week.

Kawartha Conservation confirms that a Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

Residents are encouraged to access sandbags as needed, 24 hours a day at the locations below:

Dalton Community Centre (13 Rumohr Drive, Dalton)
Burnt River Public Works Depot (90 Burnt River Road)
Coboconk Public Works Depot (2863 County Road #48)
Bobcaygeon Works Yard (62 Duke Street, north side of the road)

More roads have been reopened since last week but are soft from flooding. Motorists are asked to exercise caution and travel slowly over flood affected roads. For a complete list of open and closed roads in affected areas visit the City’s web site.

Residents who require assistance during the flooding season are invited to call the Red Cross 24 hour call number at 705-715-8138.

For emergency overnight accommodations, residents can contact A Place Called Home at 705-328-0905.

The Coboconk Municipal Service Centre located at 9 Grandy Road in Coboconk will be the first point of contact for up to date flood information and can be reached at 705-324-9411 extension 3515 or 1-888-822-2225, extension 3515. If an event occurs after normal business hours of Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm call 1-877-885-7337.

City of Kawartha Lakes Human Services enquiries will be answered from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at 705-324-9870, press 3.

MNRF, Trent Severn Waterway and Kawartha Conservation are all closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.


For more information please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 Extension 1355

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